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51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
207-253-5122
Today
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
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The Asmara justifiably gets a lot of nice reviews. It certainly is a break from the other fare that you get around downtown but it can get crowded at lunch; try a late lunch (after 2:30 pm) when you might be the only diners there with the family that runs it. Be sure to get the hot tea, and don't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Asmara justifiably gets a lot of nice reviews. It certainly is a break from the other fare that you get around downtown but it can get crowded at lunch; try a late lunch (after 2:30 pm) when you might be the only diners there with the family that runs it. Be sure to get the hot tea, and don't... More 

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Shanghai, China
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The lamb dishes are flavourful and the fried kale is delicious. I cannot get enough of the injera and often order an additional one to share with the group. Friendly staff and great value for money. They have half off lunch entrees during the week

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Naples, Maine
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

It was great to find out the there was an Ethiopian/Eritrean restaurant in Maine to add to the diverse mix of options for such a small state. We got the sambusa as a starter and the vegetarian platter for my family and I to share and also the chicken tibsi for main courses. The food was all great and the... More 

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Ormskirk, United Kingdom
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127 reviews 127 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

This is an Eritrean restaurant, our first. Meals are eaten with fingers and using what is effectively a thick crepe made using an African grain meal flour. The food was quite spicy and we did end up with turmeric stained fingertips but we did enjoy the food and it was a very friendly and reasonably priced meal. Better than greasy... More 

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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My wife and I were taking my 22 year old vegan daughter out for here last restaurant meal before she started hiking the AT up in Maine. My wife and daughter ordered something called sponge bread onto which they put all sorts of cooked vegies and i think a little lamb. They really liked it. It had two very small... More 

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Mountain View, California
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47 reviews 47 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Came in on a Sunday night when passing through Portland, no one else around, but greeted with very friendly service and enthusiasm by the owner. Ordered red lentils and collard greens, service was relatively quick and dishes were flavorful. It would have been great to have a vegetarian sampler plate with more dishes for 1-2 people, but no big deal.... More 

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Calais, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

the injerra (pancake "plates") were delicious. Both of our selections were excellent, and they had some Kenyan beer that we liked. (Tusker).

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

On a little side street tucked away in the center of downtown Portland you will find a gem! It is a very very casual environment reminiscent of a really old burger king or cafeteria. Don't be deterred! This is some of the best Ethiopian/Eritrean food I have had in this country. Vegetarian options galore. Unique and delicious flavors. Be brave.... More 

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Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

Only having eaten Ethiopian food once (in Washington, DC) and enjoyed it very much, I wanted to give this place a try and am happy about the experience. The place is tiny, unpretentious, and the food is super tasty. Even something as simple as red lentils, my favorite side dish, carried remarkable flavor. The real surprise (as in odd) was... More 

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Huntington, West Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary, then the Asmara Restaurant in Portland is it. The food is delicious, spicy or not, to your taste. Eritrean food is similar to Ethiopian, but the difference is worth sampling. Try their sweet tea with plenty of sugar along with your meal for a nice complement. My favorite is the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 51 Oak St, Portland, ME 04101-3921
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: 207-253-5122
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 11:30 pm

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